Anyone coming to the UK or residing in the UK on a visa which has a duration of more than 6 months can access NHS services in the same way as British citizens if they pay the NHS surcharge.
Initially introduced in 2015, the NHS surcharge has now been doubled from £200 to £400 per year since 8th January 2019. Students will have a discounted rate of £300 per year.
Therefore, anyone making an application to enter or remain in the UK will need to be aware of and make provision for this increase in the cost of making an application.
EEA nationals and migrants with Indefinite Leave to Remain are not required to pay the NHS surcharge and will therefore not be affected. Visitors are also not required to pay the surcharge as they are charged at the time of treatment by the NHS.
If you wish for further advice on the NHS surcharge or any other immigration matter, then please do not hesitate to contact Ami Dhanjee at G&D Solicitors on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0208 424 8125